Chelsea have decided to start a war with FIFA on their transfer ban. This is what their club statement read.
“Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the FIFA appeal committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process.”FIFA’s decision means the original restrictions stand and Chelsea will be unable to recruit new players this summer or in the January 2020 transfer window.
In similar cases, Spanish clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were each granted provisional measures which ensured bans were not immediately enforced.
Chelsea feel their treatment is inconsistent and will consider their next steps once written reasons for the decision are received from FIFA. This could include an appeal against this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“As a matter of procedural fairness and equality of treatment, and Swiss law, the club’s right to an appeal process must be afforded, before any irremediable sanction takes effect,” continues the statement.
So far as the club is aware, in all previous cases where a registration ban has been imposed by FIFA, a decision has also been made to suspend the sanction until the appeal process has been completed.
“In this case, Chelsea considers that it is being treated inconsistently in comparison with other European clubs.””The club notes the appeal committee’s statement that it has the right to appeal to CAS,” continued the statement.
“In the meantime the club will continue to fully cooperate with the proceedings.”
Chelsea by all means it seems will be fighting a futile war. FIFA are desperate to correct their name after so many allegations in recent weeks. They are even going after Manchester City which means nobody is getting any special treatment.
Hence for Chelsea, it would seem better to just accept and come clean rather than drag it on and get more dirt.